Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread

Go ahead!  Reach in there and pull off a piece of this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread!

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Go ahead!  Reach in there and pull off a piece of this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread!$67,619.  That’s how much mom’s would make if they got paid for their work.  That’s pretty legit!  And most mom’s (Laura included) are working mothers…meaning they’ve got a day job and a night job.  In Laura’s case, that means spending the day inventing cool things with metal alloys and then changing poopy diapers at night.  (I gotta keep it real.  And that’s real.)  Of course, I do my best to share the workload that comes with raising a kid, but sometimes Robbie just wants his Mom to do it!  Then he comes over to Dad when he wants to rough-house or needs a snack.  Hah!

That “study” that came up with a salary of $67,619 is rather suspect.  I mean some of the line items include being a Private Detective (to find out what kids are up to) at an hourly rate of $22.60 and being a Designer (for fixing up the house) at $23.05 a clip.  And then they’re considering adding a Judge (to mediate family disputes) to the list for next year at $39 per hour.  This study is purely unscientific, but it is still fun to consider all of the various things moms do each day.

Go ahead!  Reach in there and pull off a piece of this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread!For the record, I absolutely think that all of you moms out there are absolutely worth every single penny!  No questions asked.  For example, we had a terrible middle-of-the-night thunderstorm here a couple of weeks back.  Robbie woke up crying and wanted Laura to hold him.  She gladly sat with him for an hour even though she had to get up for an important meeting at work the next day.  (Isn’t that how it always works with stuff like this??)  I have no idea what that’s worth in terms of a study, but I know Robbie considered it priceless.

Go ahead!  Reach in there and pull off a piece of this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread!Turning our attention to today’s recipe, this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread is legit.  As in, you might just eat it all before you realize it.  There’s something just fun about pull-apart breads.  I’ve made a savory version with this Pepperoni Pull Apart Bread, and then I did a classic Monkey Bread last winter.  But seeing that we’re in the midst of pumpkin spice mania, I figured a Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread needed to happen.

I love pulling off little bits of this bread and just popping ’em into my mouth.  You can be all neat and use a fork to eat the slices (think french toast), or you can just get in there and get your hands dirty!  Pull-apart breads are just perfect for serving when you have company in town or friends over visiting.  (Partly because that keeps you from eating the whole loaf by yourself!)  Pulling off bites of pumpkin spice deliciousness while chatting with family and friends is perfect for a chilly Autumn day!  So brew up some tea or coffee, bake up a loaf of this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread, invite some friends over and just relax.  Old Man Winter is coming, so enjoy the season!

Go ahead!  Reach in there and pull off a piece of this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread!Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the annual salary for being a Dad clocks in at $24,738.  The difference is the study estimates that Moms do 148 hours of work around the house each week while Dads cover 51.5 hours a week.  But that’s assuming that you have a “traditional” household.  Our household is definitely not traditional.  I mean I spent the day yesterday taking pictures of Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread.  Now I wonder what the salary is for ‘eating Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread’?  I hope it’s a lot!  Enjoy, my friends!

Go ahead!  Reach in there and pull off a piece of this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread!

Go ahead!  Reach in there and pull off a piece of this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread!

Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread

Go ahead!  Reach in there and pull off a piece of this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 306kcal


For the Dough

For the Filling

For the Glaze


For the Dough

  • Using a countertop mixer, add flour, yeast, sugar and salt; stir until well combined.
  • Add milk, pumpkin, butter, egg and additional egg yolk; mix on low speed until well combined. Increase speed to medium, and mix for 3-4 minutes or until a smooth dough forms.
  • Transfer dough into a large, greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (~60 minutes).

For the Filling

  • Grease and flour a standard 9”x5” loaf pan; set aside.
  • Make the filling by melting butter in a medium bowl. Mix melted butter with canned pumpkin until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Turn dough out onto lightly-floured countertop or cutting board. Roll into an 18”x12” rectangle. Brush top of dough with butter mixture and then sprinkle sugar mixture on top.
  • Cut dough lengthwise into (6) 18”x2” pieces. Stack pieces on top of each other and then cut stack widthwise to create (6) 3”x2” pieces. Place stacks cut side up into pan. (See picture in post for example.)
  • Cover pan with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for ~45 minutes, or until dough has risen almost 1” above the edge of the pan.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bake at 350°F for 48-50 minutes, or until top of bread begins to turn golden brown.
  • Let bread rest in pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto large serving plate. Let cool for 10 more minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, make the Glaze by whisking together the melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and water. Pour Glaze over top of bread before serving.


If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice in the pantry, just use the combination of 1½ tsp cinnamon, ¾ tsp ground ginger, ½ tsp ground nutmeg and ¼ tsp allspice.

Go ahead!  Reach in there and pull off a piece of this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread!

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  1. So…I’m sitting here with my cuppa joe, waiting to hear if I’m closing on the condo am hoping to be getting (closing got pushed from last Tuesday as HOA didn’t respond in time and am on borrowed time at our house as it sold last Friday and new owners graciously amended the possession bit to 6 days after close) and I open up your post and read “Go ahead! Reach in there and pull off a piece of this Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread!” DUUUUDE!!! I’m so tempted especially seeing I’ve got nothing else to keep this coffee company currently! 🙂
    I hadn’t heard for that study before but WOA – moms do 148 hours of work around the house – I had no idea …and am a mom! One thing is for sure though – that storm cuddle session is most definitely priceless in The Robster’s eyes! And – if you are thinking of paying someone a salary for “eating Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread” I just wanna say, I’ll do it for FREE!!! 🙂
    Happy Monday, my upstate NYC friend!

    1. Oh man, what kind of drama is that! And it’s all because the HOA didn’t respond in time? Don’t even get me started on that, Shashi! I’m crossing my fingers that your closing went down without any hiccups yesterday. *crosses fingers* 🙂 Wait, you’ll work for free!? Can I toss some side jobs your way? Haha! Thanks so much for the kind words, my friend! And happy Tuesday!

  2. Is that salary per child? Because I feel like salary should go up significantly with each subsequent kidlet. I’m like 90 percent sure my mom only got an hour or two of sleep when we were growing up; with four children she somehow managed to keep the house totally spotless at all times. Don’t ask me how! This bread looks INSANE–and right up my mom’s (and my) alley. Next time I visit I’ll have to make her a loaf. Or five. Or six? One for each member of the family so she doesn’t have to share. Have a great week, David!

    1. You know, that’s a very good point, Kelsie. I think this study was based on averages…so 2.2 kids or whatever the national average is? Of course, this study was purely unscientific. Nevertheless, it was quite fun to think about. Wait…4 kids!? Man, that must have been a full house! I totally support making 6 of these loaves next time you visit Mom…one for each person in the family. And you’ll have to volunteer one of your siblings to do the dishes, too…haha! Thanks, Kelsie! 🙂

  3. Hi David This is the kind of thing that I would just keep picking away at and all of a sudden it would be gone! Breads do that to me. I’ll bet this dough could be rolled up and cut into pieces like cinnamon rolls Might have to add a sprinkling of chopped pecans.

    1. Oh, I totally know what you mean about picking at this recipe, Dorothy! I kept saying “Well, just another little piece.” And they’re so fun to pull back the layers! 🙂 And in fact this dough would make a great cinnamon roll. Actually, that might be a safer bet as you might not eat the entire batch. Haha! Thanks so much, my friend!!

  4. Ok I would need to double this recipe – one for just me and one for the rest of the family. I love pull apart anything so this recipe seems like it may be in my (near) future.

    1. I totally know where you’re coming from, Laura! The thing about pull-apart breads is I never want to share ’em either. And then you add in the Fall flavors going on here? Yeah, I want to grab that loaf and run away and hide in the corner. 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend!

  5. $67,619? Not bad, not bad! I think if that was a real thing, a lot of moms wouldn’t need to handle 2 jobs at the same time which would be great. Well, if that was a real thing, I would consider becoming a dad hah. But say what? Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread? Believe it or not, I was thinking about your recipes this weekend. Not about all your recipes though, but about that Monkey bread I made last spring. I thought it would be awesome to make a fall version of it either with apples or pumpkins. And here we go! I promise you David, I’ll try to be strong and not to make this bread:) It’s so dangerous for me. But you can send a slice or two just to sample. And there’s your next task – please make pumpkin/apple monkey bread.

    1. Haha! If only that was a real thing, right, Ben? I get it though. I have no idea how Laura manages to work all day and then comes home ready to take care of Robbie. It’s impressive!

      So it sounds like we were channeling the same vibes this past weekend! I put an apple version of this bread would be mighty tasty. Maybe add in a bourbon glaze? Or you could use rum since I think I remember you saying you aren’t a bourbon guy? If you don’t make that one, then I think I might have to myself! Also, why weren’t you thinking about all of my recipes? Shame on you. 🙂

  6. I second Ben – if that was a real thing then a lot of moms and dads wouldn’t have to hold down two jobs!

    Divine looking pull apart bread, David! Warm, festive and perfect for the season!

    1. If only that salary was a real thing, right, Marissa!? Of course, then you’d have to find someone to pay that salary…and that would be, uh, the kids? The dogs? 🙂 Either way, this bread really is quite tasty and it’s perfect for Fall days!

    1. I totally agree with you about pull-apart breads, Dawn! They’re fun to make and even more fun to eat! 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend!

  7. What a fun recipe David! I would never have though of a pull-apart bread involving pumpkin. I was just putting my finishing touches to my one and only pumpkin recipe last night and I realise just how much more advanced and experienced you guys are over there on the other side of the pond with all your pumpkin recipe variations! We over here have a lot to learn and a long way to go to catch up. (If ever! 😉 )

    1. Oh man, pumpkin spice just takes over the States this time of the year, Neil! I get it though. Pumpkin is a really tasty flavor, and then it just gets amplified by the wonderful Autumn spices. I’ve heard pumpkin spice is starting to catch on over there in the UK…and I hope it does! You can also go savory as I’ve had some pretty tasty pumpkin ravioli (pumpkin in the filling) before. The sky is the limit here!! 🙂

  8. Wow wow and Wow! This pall apart bread is taking me back to my teenage years when m Mother master this recipe and calories meant nothing to me. Wow, $67,619 + bonuses for being a Mom sounds about right. It’s one of the only jobs you aren’t able to call in sick for or pull a no-show, Mom’s don’t stop, morning, nights weekends, it’s overwhelming hence why I’ve decided to wait to take the plunge. When I think about all my Mother juggled I have no idea how she did it. This Pull apart pumpkin bread is totally legit! 🙂 Have a great week David

    1. Yeah, tell me about it, Mary! I wish I could just eat desserts all day long, too. Instead, we now allow ourselves just a little bite and then either give the rest away or freeze it for a cheat night on the weekend. It works, but I still want more dessert! Haha! Being a Mom (and Dad) is insane work. You’re right. There are no sick days. But somehow your body just figures it out. That, and you run on fumes. 🙂 Thanks, Mary!!

    1. Yeah, I totally hear ya, Manali. Moms do so much work behind the scenes, and as Mary pointed out above, Moms never get sick days. They do it all! Thanks so much for the kind words about this tasty bread! 🙂 Hope your week is going well so far, my friend!

  9. You know, I have yet to make pull-apart bread at home! I keep bookmarking recipes and just haven’t done it! But this pumpkin spice version… maybe this will push me over the edge. Just perfect for the season.

    1. Oh, you should totally make a pull-apart bread, Balvinder! I find them a lot of fun to both make and then eat. 🙂 And I’m also a huge sucker for all sorts of pumpkin spice desserts…so this one is perfect for the season! Thanks so much, my friend!

  10. i think that’s cool they tried to quantify how much moms would make! definitely think moms (and dads!) are worth more than $68k (: also, if eating pumpkin spice pull apart bread was a valued skill, you can bet that i’d be applying for that asap lol.

    1. Now I would actually agree with you there about the salary, Heather! I mean quantifying something like that is just for fun, and it’s nearly impossible to do…but it’s still fun to think about. As far as the job eating pumpkin spice bread, can I consider this your official application? 😉

    1. I’m with ya, Jeff, but that study was pretty suspect how it came up with those numbers. Nevertheless, I do think “eating pumpkin bread” should be a paid hobby. Are you in?? 🙂

    1. Haha…wouldn’t that be nice if this salary study was actually real, Kathy?? And I think you’d get paid overtime with all of the kids + the farm! And, yes, I think baking fun treats qualifies you for extra extra overtime pay! 🙂 Hope your week is going well so far!!

  11. I have no doubt that I could eat this entire pull apart bread in one sitting! I’ve bought cinnamon raisin pull apart breads at a regular old food store and I think that those are amazing, so I can only imagine how much I’d dig a homemade pull apart bread. I think I should make this the next time I have people over!

    On another note, it sounds like Laura is a wonderful mom, and I’m sure that you’re a pretty awesome dad too!

    1. Oooo…cinnamon raisin pull apart bread, eh? I love cinnamon raisin bread! In fact, I’ve been traveling for the first part of this week, and the hotel had cinnamon raisin bread out for breakfast each morning. It totally took me back to my childhood! I might just have to try a pull-apart version now. 🙂

      And thank you so much for the kind words, Nicole…you are too sweet!!

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